Definition of treasure in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects.

    ‘the ransom was to be paid in diamonds and treasure’
    • ‘Gawain refused, saying he could not touch treasure or gold until his pilgrimage was complete.’
    • ‘In the second half of the nineteenth century others came seeking treasure during the gold rushes.’
    • ‘He drew it back, cradling it like precious treasure.’
    • ‘They were seeking gold, silver, and other treasure, but returned disappointed.’
    • ‘He had always sort of imagined love, a fact he guarded more carefully than the most precious of his treasure.’
    • ‘He arrived back in England with very valuable treasure and the distinction of being the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.’
    • ‘The Vatican's treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars.’
    • ‘It was found to be gold and to contain more than the 10 per cent precious metal content needed for treasure.’
    • ‘After paying homage for the noble act, Dantes recovered the buried treasure and became extremely wealthy.’
    • ‘A slave had come to the entrance of the dragon's lair, saw a hoard of treasure and gold, and fled with a jewel-studded golden cup.’
    • ‘So now it's just us who have to take a long hard look at whether our use of time and money is laying up treasure in this world or in heaven.’
    • ‘The proof comes in the gold and silver treasure found in ancient Egyptian tombs and even older Mesopotamian burial sites.’
    • ‘Those who travelled to Ireland may well have sought the protection of their castle at Dundrum and, perhaps, buried their most valuable treasure there.’
    • ‘What more could he possibly want than treasure and riches?’
    • ‘Finders are legally allowed to keep their finds unless they are classed as treasure - usually a gold or silver object dating back over 300 years.’
    • ‘But if the Eastern provinces were poor in manpower, they were immensely wealthy in treasure…’
    • ‘Russia, having annexed the Crimea, had embarked on a titanic struggle with the Ottoman Empire which was absorbing stupendous quantities of manpower and treasure.’
    • ‘He orders a kilo and while the stuff he bought at the first stall would be delivered straight to his restaurant, these he took himself, like precious treasure, in a plastic bag.’
    • ‘After all, these treasures are literally priceless, and the dome has a bit of a bad track record when it comes to guarding treasure - remember the diamond heist?’
    • ‘They laugh about finding a pirate's treasure and sharing the wealth.’
    riches, valuables, jewels, gems, gold, silver, precious metals, money, cash
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A very valuable object.
      ‘she set out to look at the art treasures’
      • ‘Most of the tourists leave after seeing David, but real treasures are on the second floor.’
      • ‘The benefit is that you can find real treasures at a fraction of their original cost.’
      • ‘It's a real treasure of ensemble acting, as every performance not only fulfills the purpose needed for each scene, but they all seem to be working off of each other.’
      • ‘The real treasures of the parapet are the huge single beasts, a set of six designs, three living and three extinct, which are highly dramatic in their pencil work.’
      • ‘The real treasures here are on the floors above.’
      • ‘It can take some time, but weeding thru the ‘junk’ can reveal some real treasures.’
      • ‘Get your antique treasures valued as part of Hextable Heritage Centre's annual heritage day on September 11.’
      • ‘He reckons the island is keeping its real treasures too well hidden’
      • ‘Sometimes, this involved the omission of some real treasures.’
      • ‘That also got me to read her blog, which is a real treasure.’
      • ‘It is a very, very powerful building to visit, and it is a building that my family and I love to visit - and particularly my young son loves the treasures in the museum.’
      • ‘In fact Loire Valley reds can be real treasures.’
      • ‘For the many reasons that individuals value their own personal treasures, I would like to share why I value this special necklace.’
      • ‘Ancient manuscripts depicting the history of Armenia are housed in the national library, Madenataran, and are valued national and historical treasures.’
      • ‘He has some real treasures there so those of you interested in the topic might like to visit here.’
      • ‘If you don't drink the occasional bottle of Californian wine, then you're missing out on some real treasures.’
      • ‘Actually, if God provides you with even one in this life, it's a real treasure in my opinion.’
      • ‘Occasionally, one comes across a real treasure.’
      • ‘The real treasures were in a couple of burlap bags.’
      • ‘The real treasures which lie beneath our oceans are the time-capsules of the past.’
      valuable object, valuable, work of art, objet of virtu, masterpiece
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    2. 1.2informal [count noun]A much loved or highly valued person.
      ‘the housekeeper is a real treasure—I don't know what he would do without her’
      • ‘He's a national treasure and I just love the guy.’
      • ‘Congratulations Maureen; you're one of Kilmead's real treasures.’
      • ‘Oliver's been a real treasure and has loosely formed a routine for both day and night.’
      • ‘You're a treasure, my old friend, but I have to go now - an editorial needs writing.’
      • ‘Jeannie, you are a treasure to us and we love you so much!’
      darling, angel, apple of one's eye, pride and joy
      paragon, gem, angel, nonpareil
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  • 1 Keep carefully (a valuable or valued item)

    ‘my mother gave me the ring and I'll treasure it always’
    • ‘As a boy who was born and brought up at the foot of Kentmere in the heart of the Lake District I remember treasuring each new volume as they were published.’
    • ‘Mrs Nicholls said: ‘Judith told us when she came back the first year in August they were still treasuring the boxes and wrapping paper.’’
    • ‘He treasures Parveen's poetical works inscribed by the poetess herself to Aitzaz Ahsan.’
    • ‘Almost every house in the centre of town lovingly treasures its own piece of the mosaic.’
    • ‘Passes will have to go to hand, ball will not have to be turned over and the side will need to treasure the ball more carefully than they are at present.’
    • ‘Although exhilarating to open it's not a Christmas present that you'll treasure forever.’
    • ‘He treasures it to this day, but not for the glorious version of events that it chronicles.’
    • ‘Mr Henderson treasures the photograph of the Scarcroft schoolchildren who pulled off the feat in 1950.’
    • ‘He remembered always treasuring it, and never wearing it, afraid it would be damaged.’
    • ‘People treasure their albums but they don't necessarily treasure their singles.’
    • ‘One thing is for sure, I'll always treasure my only pair of Shaq 2's which is stuffed under my bed because I doubt we'll ever see a retro of these.’
    • ‘My dad is also an avid gardener, who treasures the tree.’
    • ‘Thoughtfully done and vibrantly coloured, they bring out the value of trees and the need to treasure them for posterity.’
    • ‘It had been a birthday gift from someone he didn't remember when he was small and he had always treasured it.’
    • ‘It was her first experience at tramping on ice and she treasures the photograph which he took.’
    • ‘Louise, of Greenroyd Avenue, writes regularly to Reggie in prison and says she treasures the letters she receives from him.’
    • ‘I will always treasure my favourite motorcycling footage on bike with Steve for his record breaking lap at the TT.’
    • ‘I will be getting the shirt framed and will treasure it always.’
    • ‘John is now treasuring the watch that his father gave him this week.’
    • ‘The lens treasures private moments as if cupping them in the curve of the viewer's hands.’
    cherish, hold dear, place great value on, prize, set great store by, value greatly, esteem
    adore, dote on, love dearly, be devoted to, idolize, worship, think very highly of, appreciate greatly
    preserve, keep safe
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    1. 1.1Value highly.
      ‘the island is treasured by walkers and conservationists’
      ‘his library was his most treasured possession’
      • ‘It is elaborated as a quality possessed by the sages but also treasured as folk wisdom and wit.’
      • ‘His employer treasured him, admired his skill greatly and paid him well.’
      • ‘He goes about his work like someone polishing a treasured artefact and pausing to admire his reflection in his work.’
      • ‘Your personal relationship is to be respected and treasured as it has withstood the test of tide and time.’
      • ‘Now her treasured possessions are to go under the hammer at Dale Wood Auctioneers in Batley, next Tuesday.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is their wisdom and spirit that I respect and treasure.’
      • ‘It worked, and she grinned as Sebastian bent to pick up her treasured possession.’
      • ‘At auction, cherished memories are trashed as treasured possessions are sifted and ascribed their price in the name of the bottom line.’
      • ‘And yet there is always the need for complete integration, for mindfulness and respect, for the treasuring of what one has understood, what one has received.’
      • ‘Indeed, I had learned to treasure and appreciate time I was given with my friends more than I ever had.’
      • ‘Chances are the burglar and your treasured possessions will be long gone before the police arrive.’
      • ‘He was posthumously awarded a Certificate of Bravery which is still a treasured possession in the family.’
      • ‘Mr Holland searched high and low for some convenient storage solution for his son's treasured possessions.’
      • ‘There is much to admire and treasure in Scotland, but in an increasingly competitive market, it is those who go the extra mile to perfect the things that are wrong who will succeed.’
      • ‘The years of youth are given to us only once by the Creator, to be treasured while possessed.’
      • ‘I treasure you my love and have so much respect and admiration for you.’
      • ‘They were unhurt, but most of their treasured possessions have been destroyed.’
      • ‘This includes the loss of treasured possessions, not to mention the upheaval of moving out for five to seven months.’
      • ‘Among these was the latter's agreement to respect a number of human rights treasured in the west.’
      • ‘Take a moment to treasure all the stuff you do have and appreciate what's really important - your health, family, friends, a boyfriend!’


Middle English: from Old French tresor, based on Greek thēsauros (see thesaurus).